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"...other ways of making people into ghosts"

 

alliy m #41391
May 16, 2007 8:56 PM

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"...other ways of making people into ghosts"

I'm having difficulty understanding a quote from the first chapter.
The quote is "Atticus said no, it wasn't that sort of thing. That there were other ways of making people into ghosts"
The quote is referring to a conversation between Scout and Atticus where Scout where Scout is wondering how they keep Boo inside

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natalie g #41481
May 18, 2007 2:13 PM

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i know what you mean. I didn't understand it at first but i was told that it means that mr arther is  not keeping him locked up [like scout thinks] in the physical sense but that he has emotional blackmailed him for so long.

hope this makes sense

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coco s #17435
Aug 03, 2007 8:30 PM

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I think Atticus is commenting on the way the community has cooked up all the ridiculous stories about Boo Radley eating squirrels, etc.  Jem sums it up later when he says he understands why Boo won't come out because he doesn't WANT to.  Can anyone blame Arthur for staying shut in when others think he is a delinquent?  Who wants to be among people who won't accept him or forgive one youthful indiscretion?
 

cheers! . #64613
Oct 04, 2008 4:45 AM

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To put it simply, FEAR motivates Boo to stay inside
 

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